Friday, February 26, 2016

The status of a Centrist

Exactly why I won't ever identify with the GOP, I know. Why I won't ever classify myself as a Democrat, I also know, but there are a lot of things I just flat-out don't understand.

Why would anyone object to a business raising their minimum wage? Why is that a bad thing - in and of itself? Economists will prove you wrong all day, and as a math major, I know for a fact, when accounting for inflation, the wages these days are not proportional to the way they used to be. Especially when you also add in the fact that most of these people, who are earning a minimum wage, are also paying an increasingly insane amount of money for a freaking education.

Why is it such a popular opinion that "Planned Parenthood = Abortions." Totally understood that abortion is MOSTLY wrong, but ----> They do so much more than that. And most of those who have had the opinion that abortion might be the right (and/or only) decision for them, would have NO other option, if not for these places to HELP to educate them to make the correct decision. When you make so many options illegal, the people will still do what they have to do to: (1) get a "black-market" abortion, (2) deposit their baby at a hospital, (3) try to "sell their baby."

It's exactly correlated with the GOP stance on drugs. Continuing to fight an unwinnable war on drugs (since about 1980) is wasting tons of money, resources, and lives. The policy will never win. Go check out all the stats from Colorado and Washington, among others. Prescription medication deaths are down 25%, these states are making tons more money from taxing legal (and medical) marijuana. Crime is down in these states.... on and on...

And why is it that GOP-ers are SO critical of government spending, when it's Republicans who want to spend way, way too much money (that the gov't doesn't have) on "national security," "war," and "defense," while berating anyone who tries to RAISE money to do ANYTHING? Do I think Bernie Sanders is the ANSWER? Maybe. I would definitely vote for him JUST to make sure Hillary has no chance! Both Bill Clinton and Dubya could've heeded warnings they received prior to 9/11. They did not. And the concept of trying to promote the idea that our country was safer under GWB than we are today is absolutely absurd.

If you'd combine my stance on most issues, I'm a Centrist. All those political tests have told me so. The guns issue is the MOST centered of all of them for me. Neither side has the perfect argument, but both sides have a good one. But there is no reason why better gun laws aren't a good thing. If you want to buy 23 guns, fine. But if your history is such that you shouldn't be buying ONE, then absolutely - you're denied. Not only that, but I have an opinion that's pretty popular. When the 2nd amendment was written (1791), those guys wrote it without any idea that semi-automatic, nor automatic weapons would exist. Nor did they ever have any idea that rapid-fire, single trigger fire weapons would be causing so much harm in non-war situations. Not to mention the larger calibers of today. 1791! Come on, this shit needs to be technologically adjusted. That's 225 years for goodness sake! If you can provide an argument as to why YOU NEED in your home an AR15 with a 30-round mag -- as opposed to a shotgun or pistol with 7-8 rounds, I'd like to hear it.

Someone will undoubtedly rescind Obamacare, which wasn't good, and someone will retract that stupid deal with Iran. Someone is kicking ass right now. We all need to go vote for Bernie in primaries, so that Hillary has no chance.

Perhaps I need to create my own party. The best of both worlds!

Via

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